Throughout the sixties and seventies one name struck fear into the hearts of secret agents world wide. That name was SPECTRE. SPECTRE, the evil organization hell bent on global domination, was led by one Erst Stavlo Blofeld, the most evil cunning genius who ever lived. Or something like that.
In all honesty, Blofeld is one of the most iconic James Bond super-baddies, but he never really accomplished all that much, thanks to 007.
Blofeld stopped appearing in the Bond films during the Roger Moore era due to legal battles with writer/producer Kevin McClory.
Now, almost fifty years later, EON had regained the rights to use Blofeld and SPECTRE in the films.
‘The dispute dates back to 1959 when McClory met with Ian Fleming, the author who created the famous 007 in a series of spy novels. McClory took credit for proposing to Fleming the idea of a Bond film set in the Bahamas. A writer was hired to create Thunderball, which later also became a Fleming novel.’
The early Daniel Craig Bond films toyed around with introducing a SPECTRE like organization called Quantum. Ultimately, it never went anywhere. Maybe Sam Mendes and co will choose to evelove Quantum into SPECTRE? Here’s hoping.